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How to Become a Rider Safety Coach

scooters_2Georgia riders likely know that throughout our state we not only have great rides, but also great resources. Motorcycle enthusiasts are a unique community with a strong commitment to riding on the open road and also doing that safely and securely. Georgia’s Department of Driver Services (GDDS) has great programs for rider safety and training. Rider education sites around Georgia are easy to locate on the GDDS website and offer support to both experienced riders and new riders too.

The safety and security of motorcycle riders is important to those of us who support the rider community in different ways. We apply our legal expertise in helping those injured in motorcycle crashes to recover and to maneuver through the legal system. Since many motorcycle accidents occur at intersections and are caused by caged drivers’ failure to see a motorcyclist, we fully support the efforts to teach safest riding best practices. Avoidance may not always be possible, but learning best practices can help riders be more visible and defensive when sharing the road with other motor vehicles.

Riders may not be aware that there are also opportunities for them to become trainers and coaches. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has provided advanced training to hundreds of what are called “Chief Instructors” and “RiderCoach Trainers” who have shared their training with thousands of other instructors and what are called “RiderCoaches.” To become a coach, riders complete a detailed preparation course which is a key step in receiving certification from the MSF as an approved coach.

Ever thought about teaching safe riding practices? Those riders interested in participating in this educational program can apply directly to the MSF. There are some strict requirements for entering the program, but one key factor is a commitment to reducing accidents that result in injuries or fatalities. Those able to enroll have to show experience, rider skill and communications skills. There are some riding tests that must be fulfilled in this 60-hour course which takes between seven and ten days to complete, with varying schedules that allow students to engage in this course on weekends.

If you need legal or medical support after an accident or injury, please feel free to contact us at Scholle Law. We are here to help you and your family in any way we can. We will evaluate your situation at no charge and most often there no fees for our services until we recover money damages for you.